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Giants “very close” to re-signing Javier Lopez

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JULY 9: Javier Lopez #49 of the San Francisco Giants pitches against the New York Mets in the ninth inning during a MLB baseball game at AT&T Park July 9, 2011 in San Francisco, California. The Giants won the game 3-1. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

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Giants general manager Brian Sabean talked to the local media about various offseason doings today and revealed that he thinks left-handed reliever Javier Lopez is “very close to signing back with us.”

Sabean told Andrew Baggarly of that “we are fully engaged with Lopez” and hope to have a deal finalized soon.

Lopez has long been one of the best left-handed specialists in baseball, posting a 2.26 ERA in four seasons with the Giants, including a 1.83 mark this year at age 35. Two years ago he signed a two-year, $8.5 million deal to stay with San Francisco.

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